The Most Common Stressors That Cause Back Pain
by Aaron Lobo on Dec 29, 2021
Strictly speaking, stressors are defined as any internal or external factors that affect the function of an item. In the case of your body, that could be physical stress and/or psychological stress.
Physical stressors that affect your back
Your back is a complex system of tendons, ligaments, muscles, bones, and spinal nerves that play an integral part in every move you make. Even sitting perfectly still requires cooperation from your back.
Its structural complexity and significant contribution to your daily activities also makes your back vulnerable to a wide variety of conditions that cause pain. Some of the physical stressors linked to back pain include:
- Muscle, tendon, and/or ligament strain and injury
- Nerve irritation and inflammation
- Bone and joint-related abnormalities such as arthritis or osteoporosis
- Structural defects such as scoliosis
- Narrowing (stenosis) of the spinal canal
- Excess weight
- Physical inactivity and deconditioning
- Reduced strength and flexibility of your core muscle groups
- Poor posture
- Overuse injuries sustained during work and/or sports injuries may also stress your back and lead to ongoing pain.
How does psychological stress cause back pain?
Your body tends to interpret stressful emotions as a physical emergency. This causes your heart to beat faster, your blood pressure to rise, and a release of various hormones that prepare you for flight or fight when faced with stressful situations.
Your muscles, especially those in your back, abdomen, arms, and legs, also respond to this body wide alert by tensing in preparation for quick movement. Once the stress passes, these physical reactions level off and return to normal.
Unfortunately, many people experience ongoing stress related to work concerns, worry over the future, relationship issues, and other concerns.
Because your body reacts to anxiety over your bills in the same way it responds to fear linked to physical danger, chronic stress can keep your muscles persistently tense and tight. This eventually causes pain.
Tension-type headaches, for instance, are often linked to stress-related muscle strain in your neck and upper back. Lower back pain is often traced to psychological stress.
Sometimes even the anxiety over experiencing another bout of back pain after recovering from an injury can lead to muscle tightness that results in discomfort.
How do you treat back pain related to stress?
Regardless of the cause, one of the best possible remedies for back pain caused due to stress is by using a cervical/ lumbar pillow like Apilloz. While lying down the adjustable pillow gently supports the neck and cradles the head in position so that the spine is aligned with the head thereby increasing flexibility, range of motion, and relieving soreness and pain. Apilloz can also be used as a lumbar pillow to support the back while sleeping, driving or sitting.
It’s important to remember that every case of back pain is different. All of our bodies respond to stimuli in different ways, so if you’ve been dealing with chronic neck/back pain due to stress, you may have to tinker with different strategies for resolving the issue. However, in the majority of cases, the pain can be made to go away. Coupled with healthy lifestyle choices, it’s possible to not only relieve pain, but to fortify the neck area and protect yourself from further injuries.